Friday, August 18, 2017

Hero Arts Infinity Ornament Dies

Hi, friends, just got some new dies from Hero Arts and I've been die cutting all over the place! Well, just one place literally--the kitchen table--but I've been die cutting plain paper, watercolor paper, painted paper, patterned paper and whatever I can think of. 


I put my first card up at the a2z Scrapbooking blog here ...if you want to see how it's made.



Here's another take on it, with a die cut heart with some Nuvo Copper Gilded Flakes behind it. When you use the flakes, you need an adhesive that stays sticky like this glue pen here. I gilded the ornament top too. The front of the ornament is pink pearlized paint over the Hero Arts Asian Flower Stencil. I looovvee these watercolors, they're so shiny!


Expect to see more ornaments in the future! Oh and if you need any of these supplies and go over to a2z Scrapbooking, you can fill your cart with $25 in goodies and then add CHARK15 in the coupon area to get 15% off everything, including sale items!

Happy Friday!
Chark

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Pearlized Watercoloring

I watercolored the lettered and doodled page I made and posted here with the Gasai Tambi Pearlized paints...they are beautiful and shimmery. Even the white, which I assumed wouldn't be very pigmented is lovely. They will color over dark paper and letters though, so when I added some blue background by just painting over the whole thing, some of the black lines and letters were affected.



I still like how it turned out and my next thing will be to try them on a black paper project :) You can see how the light reflected the mica in the paint on the lower right corner. Here's a close-up to show the shimmer.


Here's a link to Jennifer McGuire's lovely work with these watercolors...that woman can make me buy anything!!


And, because today was my son's first day back to school as A SENIOR, I have to post his pic. He let me take two before it was time to quit :) 




Happy Wednesday!
Chark



Monday, August 14, 2017

I Choose Love

I decided to give doodling a shot with a quote I saw. I think it means when everyone is spewing hate, it is your choice to not spew hate back. So, here it is in black and white. If you want to download it and color, you're welcome to do so. I'll be coloring it soon myself, once I decide which medium to use. It's hard to meet anger with peace, hate with love and fury with calm. But it is definitely a better choice!



Hoping that more people will choose love over hate and spread kindness. If you want to join me, I'll be making some winter wishes cards for kids to receive at the Nationwide Children's Hospital. The details are here and they're taking them until August 25th. 


Happy Monday!
Chark

Friday, August 11, 2017

It's a Friendly Friday

Hi, just thought I'd share some giveaways/videos/freebies so you can jump in on the fun...these are just things I've come across and thought you might be interested in.


• Head over to Altenew to try to win one of 3 $50 gift certificates to the store...just leave a comment here on their blog.

•Stampington and Faber-Castell are doing a huge giveaway here...you gotta try to get in before the comments close tonight!

•All month long, Scrapbook and Cards Today magazine is giving away each day with their partners. Goodies galore on their blog here.

•Scrapbook.com is having a giveaway worth $1800 for their 18th anniversary. You can enter through September 15th on their blog here.



Here are some videos/people I've been watching for inspiration.

• For art journaling, I enjoy Vicky's videos...and her accent!

• For art tips for cardmaking, I like Sandy Allnock's videos...this one is about creating a distance scene.

• If you like to see how someone uses a card kit, I love Mary's videos. She doesn't meander, but gets right to it and shares great ideas for the Hero Arts and Simon Says Card Kits...among other things.





And lastly, here are some freebie sites you might like.

Ginger's House has cute and some snarky sayings that she puts up on her blog that are free...use them in cards, scrap pages or whatever you like. 

• I've just found Pixabay and they have some really gorgeous free photos to use and illustrations too.

The Spruce has great free printable sentiments if you don't have the perfect stamp for an occasion.

•Ephemera's Vintage has some new-to-me Alice in Wonderland digis and a whole lot more on their site here.

And that wraps up my Friendly Friday...hope you found something interesting and useful, my friends!

Happy Friday!
Chark

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Power Poppy Roses in Pink

I tried merging two digi stamps together for the Power Poppy Challenge this month "Mix and Match." I used Rose and Chamomile and the Let It Be stamps and liked the combo but wanted to do a little nudging of the flower placement, so I tried it again.
This time I'm using pinks for the flowers instead of purples. I used copper corner stickers to frame the sentiment and Prismacolor pencils to color the image. I do like the right-hand flower lower better (like in the pink version), but maybe I should move it a little more to the right for balance. Ah well, I'm not a professional stamp designer! :)



Which do you like better? The pink/yellow or blue/purple?


I'm entering the pink/yellow in the challenge too...hope you'll join in here. I love their intricate but easy-to-color flowers at Power Poppy...and you can pick up a freebie over at their shop too!



Happy Wednesday!
Chark


Monday, August 7, 2017

Let It Be

I'm a huge Beatles fan and when I saw the Let It Be digi stamp at Power Poppy, I knew I needed it...and I was so happy to learn it was FREE! So I snapped it up when getting some other digis. For their challenge this month, you're supposed to mix and match 2 stamps. I took a rose stamp from them (also a digi) and the Let It Be stamp and combined them.



I took the rose image, converted it to line art with no background in CorelDraw and then added the roses to the word art. After printing, I colored with Prismacolor pencils and mounted it on colored paper. The corners are copper metallic stickers. Love the classy touch. It's hard to see the shine on them, but it is pretty irl.




I saw a video where the artist used black pencil to darken her images and tried it here. It actually worked fine and I like how the flowers pop. I added some white Prismacolor pencil after all the purples, but I also left some parts of the flowers almost white.

I'm entering this in the challenge here...join in if you're feeling it! You have all month to enter.


Thought I'd take a moment and let you know there's a new challenge blog starting up called Mini Album Makers. I love mini albums, though I only have about 4, but I'm excited to see the new blog. If you pop over and follow them, you can be entered to win.




Happy Monday!
Chark